by Robin Sharma
You will not generally catch me with a self-help book in my hand. But believe it or not, even with all the hype surrounding this one , I had thought it was a story. Well, to be fair to the book it is a story which is supposed to cleverly wrap the inspiring formulas to lead a spiritual and good life.
Julian Mantle is a prolific lawyer who is never tired of his law practice. The narrator was an intern and a friend of Julian’s. One day , unable to bear the stress of a high-profile law practice , Julian collapses with a heart attack. This serves as an eye opener and Julian sets upon a personal “odyssey” to the “mystical” lands of India. here through his infallible determination and grit he reaches the pinnacle of the Himalayas to find “The Nirvana of Sivana”. Here ageless sages reside who dispense their wisdom to turn our lawyer to a monk. He arrives back to the US after 3 years and disperses these sermons to his cynical yet grudgingly admiring old friend.
The rest of the story is a 7 part sermon on how to live life well , how to control willpower ,how to be successful ,you name it. It basically turns out to be a FAQ of all the principles that are being shared with cynical friend asking relevant doubtful questions. The discourse is common to those of us in India but more than the thoughts , I was not impressed by the man who wrote them. This stops me from following the path. Looking at the author , the whole book sounds to me like a marketing device.
I agree there is truth in the tips and suggestions of the book. A man is defined by his thoughts. Visualizing goals makes them more real to oneself. Concentration and will power can be very powerful to one’s development. Goal setting is something that everyone should do.Yoga is an excellent practice. If followed diligently then this will definitely enrich our lives.
The practical suggestions in the book may be of value but I felt there were too many and it would be very cumbersome to accommodate all of them. Some of the values are contradictory to each other , like saying derive inspiration from great people’s lives but again be your own man , do not copy others.
But for me the book did not give enough impetus for a change. There surely must be better help books out there. Plus the monk had sold his Ferrari before he even became a monk!!
My rating 2*